The 2024 NAMM Show was held on January 25th through January 28th at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim California. This music industry trade show – NAMM stands for the National Association of Music Merchants – is a celebration of all things related to musical instruments. It’s a show designed for manufacturers, retailers, and distributors of instruments and has traditionally been closed to the public. However as of this year, the NAMM show has begun to allow anyone to purchase a ticket to the expansive convention.
Like the largest music store on steroids you could ever conceive, the entire Anaheim Convention Center is filled to the brim with musical equipment from manufacturers from all over the world. It’s a musician’s nirvana where you actually have a chance to try out almost any piece of gear in person, watch incredible musicians demo impressive instruments, and rub shoulders with musical legends while doing it. In addition to the main instrument show NAMM also features over 200 concerts and 500 scheduled events. Shows like Metal Allegiance at House of Blues San Diego featured a wide variety of heavy metal all-stars, while instrument company Yamaha presented a concert featuring violinist Lindsey Stirling on their expansive stage in front of the convention center. Below are some highlights from this year’s show floor.
The 2024 NAMM Show was an absolutely incredible experience. Just to be immersed in that much sheer musical talent and energy in one place is a special thing, and to be able to sample so many beautifully crafted instruments and innovative technology at the same time is overwhelming. If you like playing music or just love to experience it live and want to learn more about the process, be sure to find your way to next year’s conference.